Edward Suczewski was born on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918 and passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the age of 99. A lifelong resident of Bayonne, Ed graduated from Bayonne High School. He was drafted into the US Army in 1941. With a pay rate of $21 per month, he trained in Texas and performed border patrol duties on the Rio Grande River.
After the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, Ed’s 77th Field Artillery Unit went to Casablanca, North Africa under the leadership of General Mark Clark to fight against Rommel’s tank corp. After forcing Rommel out of Africa, the invasion of Sicily followed for 38 days. The troops then crossed the Messina Strait and entered Reggio, Italy. For two years, he fought to take Naples, Foggia, Monte Cassino, Rome, Arno, Northern Apennines and Po Valley, ending in Bolzano. The US Army point system allowed soldiers with 85 points of service to be honorably discharged. Having earned 102 points, Ed enjoyed a flight home and was discharged on July 24, 1945.
He returned to work at General Motors in Linden, NJ. In January 1948, he married Josephine Drozd. He attended night school at Vale School of Business and Rutgers University to earn his NJ Insurance Brokers License and maintained a home office.
Ed retired from General Motors in 1974 with 37 years of service and continued his insurance business. He participated in local civic committees. He was also an active member of the United Auto Workers Retirees, Mt Carmel Holy Name Society, Mt Carmel Parish Council and the Marist Men’s Club where he initiated Sunday Night Bingo.
Ed was predeceased by his beloved wife, Josephine in June 2017. He is also predeceased by siblings, Stanley Suczewski and his wife Josephine, and Harriet Kaczka and her husband, Edward Kaczka.
He is the proud father of Dr. Dorothy Filip EdD, Dr. Edward J. Suczewski MD and his wife Julie, Dr. Thomas J. Suczewski MD and his wife, Karen, Janice Suczewski, MBA and her husband, Roger Magid. Grandchildren include Dr. Zachary Filip MD; Edward A, Michael and Gregory Suczewski, Kathryn Kopacz and husband Kyle; Luke, Adam and Elizabeth Suczewski. Ed is the dear brother-in-law of Loretta Horzepa and her late husband, Stanley.
Visitation is on Friday, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at S. Fryczynski & Son Funeral Home, 32-34 East 22nd Street, Bayonne, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00am from the Parish of St. John Paul II at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Bayonne NJ. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington NJ.